Someone please invent “smell-o-grams”!

Gardenias don’t grow outside in our climate, so when I find one to buy as a houseplant I always do! Their flowers create one of the most beautiful smells. Have you smelled one? I wish I could share the scent through the screen.


It doesn’t hurt that they are also beautiful, with their white flowers and deep green leaves. If they did grow here my garden would be full of them.

Dirt under my nails

Today was a busy garden day. I tried to fit in a lot of trimming, pulling, and planting in the little time that I had. What was planted today:

  • “Big Max” pumpkin seeds
  • Hollyhocks
  • Luffa

This year I planted our pumpkin seeds in our usual spots in the flower beds, but I also planted a few in new spots. Since you can really only grow one pumpkin per vine if you hope to grow them large, I wanted to increase our chances as much as possible.

I also tried something new with our luffa gourds. Since we might be taking our satellite dish down this year (fingers crossed), I didn’t want to start something growing on it. Instead I planted them in a large pot that has a trellis in it. I’m very hopeful that they will grow and vine onto other things nearby. It will actually help create a bit of a privacy fence.

Missing my Olloclip

I recently upgraded my phone, which has been amazing. Target was having this awesome deal awhile back where I ended up not just getting the new phone for free, but I actually pocketed $18! The only thing that I have been regretting about my lovely new phone is that my Olloclip no longer fit.

Withdrawals were happening, especially when the snow was so perfectly powdery. Fast forward to a few days ago, the Olloclip was finally remade to fit the 5c. I was talking to my husband about it (we always talk about purchases to each other), and he being a super genius found a way to make my old clip fit my new phone! I’m in heaven. I can take my macro photos once again (the absolute best part of the Olloclip).

Here is an upclose of a poinsettia. We’re still in holiday mode around here.

Poinsettia close up